We understand all the nuances of space, scale and detail when it comes to homebuilding, which makes us expertly positioned to remodel homes. Our vast knowledge of pre-existing home systems, experience in adding outdoor living spaces, and increasing energy efficiency gives you a well designed and crafted solution.

Remodeling: A better solution

Recently, we were asked if remodeling an existing home was better than building a new home. Although that seems like a simple question, the answer to that decision is layered in many details.

Putting aside the cost implications, we ask what the homeowners like about the house they are considering remodeling. Often the answers we get are that the owners like their neighbors, their location and their community.

These are considerations that are not easily replicated – should new construction be the solution – unless you have buildable land in the same area. Other reasons to remodel quickly are observed, such as the need to “age in place”, to accommodate an elderly parent, to create a multi-generational home, to update the style, update the mechanical systems, create a home office or hobby room or additional storage, improve energy efficiency and many more…

Ultimately to remodel or not is often an emotional decision. Once that decision is made, the adventure can begin.

Shady Oaks Remodeling Project

Ah the dilemma: to buy or to remodel?  For these clients, the answer was obvious.  They loved their location and their property, but the house no longer accommodated their lifestyle.  The solution was to re-imagine the existing house to give it an open plan with outdoor entertaining areas.  Also at the top of the homeowners’ wish list was an owner’s suite with his-and-hers closets, a connected laundry room, and an adjacent master sitting room for those times when you need time away from your guests.

We incorporated timber frame details into the design to compliment the Craftsman architectural style of the remodeled exterior.  A generous front porch welcomes guests and the large gabled porch attached to the great room doubles the entertaining space and merges the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Additionally, the use of rustic rough-sawn wood, stone, and metal create a textural mix that gives this home a modern rustic feel.

What is this going to cost?

Eventually the project viability will come back to cost. A few things to think about: Remodeling requires us to undo something that is already in place. This process often reveals something else that needs to be redone, remodeled or retrofitted. Any time damage to the structure or “out of code” conditions are discovered, the “fix” has to be addressed immediately. If you have been watching HGTV and building your budget consideration from their programs, be careful. Remember “Love it or List it”? Hillary the designer always runs into something that will push up the costs or or extend the timeline. Again, this reinforces our recommendation that you have “grace” money to deal with the unexpected.

One other recommendation: bring your patience and open mind to our meetings. Our intention is to provide you with a stunning result that is appropriately designed, well created and a great solution. We aim to please and the project always goes better when we enter the process in a respectful and cooperative way. So, give it your consideration, allow us to answer your questions honestly, and know that we appreciate your interest in Modern Rustic Homes.

John’s Creek Remodeling Project

After enjoying the indoor/outdoor living of the Lake Blue Ridge house we designed and built, our client ask that we redesign/remodel their Johns Creek house to have many of the same features.  This project involved a basement remodel to open up the space to a ground level courtyard, a pavilion for entertaining, complete with fireplace and catering kitchen, and landscaping featuring a bog pond and koi pond.  

The result is a beautiful blend of contemporary and rustic elements that open up the spaces to fill the house with natural light and pull your eye to the terraced landscaping and water features.  The backyard pavilion has become a favorite spot to gather with friends and family.

How long will it take?

The process to remodel a home requires a lot of “homework”. In the past if you purchased an existing home the decisions for fixtures and finishes were more than likely already made. Similar to building a new custom home, you have to source and select all of the appliances, bath and lighting fixtures, interior finishes and colors…the list goes on. When remodeling in a “historic” neighborhood, the approval process becomes more tedious as you appeal to a variety of departments and associations. This is not said to frighten you, just to prepare you. Also, quality takes time. Be generous with your time and timeline to get the remodel you envisioned. The quality of the finished project will be remembered far longer than the finished date.

Crazy Fox Remodeling Project

As you approach Crazy Fox Lodge, the trees whisper “Welcome home”. The breathtaking views from the outdoor dining space will be the only reason you could leave the gorgeous, well-appointed kitchen with exposed beams and warm woods throughout. Let the kids loose in their own playroom while you relax in the serene master bedroom or indulge in the opulent master bath. Crazy Fox encompasses all a homeowner could dream of!

We have decided! How do we proceed?

First you need to define the scope of work. What do you want to do? What are the must-haves? Do you need to move out during construction? What are the neighborhood or city/county building restrictions? What is your timeline? What is the look, feel and flow you wish to achieve? These are answers best made in a team setting. Be sure to include all the players involved as they will have a specific need or desire that should be considered. Be realistic about both time and money. Allow some “grace” time as you deal with the surprises discovered once you open up the walls.

After you have gathered input from each stakeholder, share it with us. We become the team to create a winning solution.



This is when we work with you to understand your objectives in remodeling. The ability to stay in the home the owners have come to love is an emotional return that can not be matched.



During the conceptual design phase we take the time to make your design and style decisions. The money saved from avoiding the buy/sell process and not moving far outweighs the cost of a remodel.



We will build a budget based on materials and labor, defining how long your project will take based on the potential complexities and size.

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